hangover….leaving you high and dry….

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Drink a little too much over the weekend, did you?  Well, this is where the “bratty little sister” comes out of me because I don’t drink and I TALK IN ALL CAPS JUST TO MESS WITH YOU!!

Ok…sorry.  But I do want to help you out, my little saucy friend.  You obviously found out a long time ago that alcohol invariably results in a hangover.  But just how much alcohol is necessary to produce that hangover depends on the biochemical individuality of the person drinking and also what that person is drinking.

Liquor

Distilled liquors, like whiskey and gin, have a more immediate impact than wine or beers.  And did you know that all alcohol is absorbed more quickly when mixed with a carbonated beverage?  Yup!  Once it hits the bloodstream, the alcohol reaches the brain in minutes.

First acting as a stimulant, then a bit of euphoria, down a few more and then comes central nervous system depression and feelings of numbness and finally sleep or unconsciousness THINK, PEOPLE!  Drinking too rapidly, especially a large amount of alcohol, can be fatal.

According to Linda Page’s, Healthy Healing, “a hangover should be gone by five o’clock the next day.  If it isn’t, you probably have alcohol poisoning.  This severe type of hangover is alcohol poisoning with dehydration thrown in.” 

Great.  Now look what you’ve done.

Ok.  Let’s just stop spinning for a moment and see what we need to do.  First let’s see what she says about diet:

NUTRITIONAL THERAPY PLAN

  • Restabilize your body with Vitamin B rich, high fiber foods like brown rice and vegetables to soak up the alcohol.  Add antioxidant foods like cruciferous veggies and soy foods to help detoxify.
  • Drink cranberry juice to protect your liver.
  • NO ‘hair of the dog’ drinks; they drag out a hangover.  Eat crackers and honey at bedtime instead to burn up and soak up alcohol.
  • Drink up several glasses of water at bedtime and in the morning to stave off a killer headache.

ANTIOXIDANT HANGOVER CHASERS

  • Drink plenty of OJ and tomato juice.  Fructose helps your body burn alcohol.
  • Mix tomato juice, green and yellow onions, celery, parsley, hotpepper sauce, rosemary leaves, fennel seeds, basil, water, and Braggs’s Liquid Aminos.  Drink straight down.
  • Knudsen’s Very Veggie Spicy juice

BEST FACE FORWARD

  • If you forgot to take off your makeup before you, literally, fell into bed (GASP) use a gentle remover, not soap.
  • Be gentle, your skin is probably still puffy and sensitive
  • Use an oil-free moisturizer or a tinted moisturizer.  Blend with your fingers to start blood flow, while gently ‘piano tapping’ under eyes.  Use a bronzing powder and stay away from pinks…don’t make it worse than it is, sweetie.
  • Drink lots of water to wash away bloating and toxins and to replace the lost fluid
  • If possible, try to get out into some sunlight and get some light exercise.  It will work the alcohol out of your system by increasing your intake of oxygen.
  • Refresh your face throughout the day by carrying a spritzer bottle filled with chamomile tea that is cooled.  The chamomile will calm down the redness of your face and keep you hydrated.
  • And for crying out loud, put on some sunglasses and bright lipstick.

Next time?  Fake it. 

Have sparkling water with a splash of cranberry juice…..nobody will know the difference and you will wake up looking fan-freaking-tastic!!!  You’re welcome!!

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lipstick on your forehead will NOT help you makeup your mind…..

Pretty is as pretty does”, is something my grandmother used to say.  We all know that we don’t need makeup to be beautiful……….however…

Come on.  It does help cover up some .. well, imperfections. 

A couple of things to consider when you are trying out some new products…

  1. Don’t use foundation to change your skin color!   The goal is to enhance not alter.
  2. When it comes to cleansing – think gentle!  Pain and cleanliness have nothing to do with each other.
  3. Rinse, rinse, rinse.  Remember that water is only gentle when it’s tepid.
  4. A 3% hydrogen peroxide solution is a great disinfectant for blemishes, causing minimal to no irritation to the skin.
  5. Please.  There is NO such thing as a safe tan.  Put on your sunscreen.
  6. Ok, sunburned?  A bottle of vinegar added to a warm bath will soothe your skin and make it feel extra soft.
  7. Exfoliate at least twice a week.  This will get blood flowing into the face.  Try baking soda for a gentle scrub.
  8. Sensitive skin?  Use a Pepto Bismol mask!  Apply straight from the bottle with a cotton swab or cotton ball.  Let dry and rinse with cool water.
  9. Don’t over moisturize.  You may not need it all over your face.  Concentrate on the drier areas.
  10. Massage leftover hair conditioner into your cuticles.

Honor God with the body He gave you!  When you look your best you can bring honor to God.

the nasties…

(Here is an article found on the Good Morning America website)  By ANGELA ELLIS

May 13, 2010

We’ve all been there – you see an eye shadow or blush compact in your makeup bag but you’re not quite sure how long you’ve had it. No harm in using it one more time, right? Not so fast.

It turns out that all it takes are a few cells from an unwashed hand or a blistered lip and a mascara wand or lip gloss could become a haven for contagious bacteria.

Hundreds of people use makeup counter testers every day, but unfortunately not everyone uses the disposable applicators provided. Dirty fingers dipped in makeup can spread everything from herpes to pink eye.

“You can find staphylococcus, you can find micrococcus…and if you’re very unlucky…E. coli, which is obviously from fecal matter,” Dermatologist Jeanine Downie said.

That same bacteria might be hiding in your own makeup stash, especially in older products. Antibacterial agents start to break down after about six months.

Former makeup artist Syama Meagher said she still uses products that are months, years and even decades old, like her favorite high school eye shadow from the early ’90s.

“If I put it on my finger or my hand and it looks okay I figure, why can’t I use it?” Meagher said.

GMA” wanted to find out just how unhealthy it is to use makeup past its prime, so we collected a few samples to send to a lab: lip gloss from Meagher, liquid eyeliner from our own Juju Chang and mascara and eyeliner pencil from some “GMA” staffers.

News correspondent Andrea Canning had face powder, which was at least a year old, months-old mascara, concealer and worn down lipstick and sent them off to be tested.

Andrea said “it might not be pretty” and she was right — the results were shocking.  Of the 25 samples tested, 11 came back positive for different types of bacteria such as staphylococcus, commonly found on the skin but still potentially harmful.

“This is a bacterium that can cause pink eye…and also skin lesions and rashes,” microbiologist Connie Morbach said.

We discovered streptococcus, which is usually found in saliva or mucous, and Morbach said is a bacterium that can cause strep throat.

Contaminated Makeup Can Cause Breakouts, Boils and Even Abscesses

The other bacteria we detected, micrococcus and bacillus, come from household dust and dirty surfaces. But the worst bacteria we found are called gram negative rods.

“These are organisms that originate in our intestinal system, but also can be found in decayed food,” Morbach said.

The amount of bacteria discovered in just one tiny swab was also startling.

“They are actually 100 times more concentrated than what you visually can see on the plate,” Morbach said.

The bacteria can not only make you sick, it can also wreak havoc on your skin.

“When you’re using contaminated makeup…you can get mild breakouts, all the way to boils and even abscesses on your face,” Downie said.

When these women found out exactly what was in their makeup their reactions varied from “gross” to “scary” — but all of them agreed they should either clean the makeup or throw them out.

Tips to Help Keep Your Makeup Clean:

Sharpen your eye and lip pencils to remove the bacteria on the outer layers. Also use diluted bleach and makeup remover to clean your sharpener.

Wipe down your lipstick, or shave off the top of it with a blade especially if you have shared it with someone else.

Keep the lids and caps tightly closed. If you lost them, throw it out.

Use disposable applicators or wash your brushes every few weeks.

toxic makeup?…

Do you know what is lurking in your cosmetics? Take a look…and tell your girlfriends!

1,4-dioxane: A known animal carcinogen and probable human carcinogen, according to the EPA. It’s also a byproduct of a petrochemical process known as “ethyoxlation,” which involves adding ethylene oxide (a toxin linked to breast cancer) to other chemicals to render them less harsh. More than 56 cosmetics ingredients are associated with 1,4-dioxane, including sodium laureth sulfate, sodium myreth sulfate, polyethylene glycol, and chemicals that end in “xynol,” “ceteareth” and “oleth.”

Aluminum chlorohydrate: An astringent used as a topical antiperspirant or topical body deodorant. Aluminum is a neurotoxin that alters the function of the blood-brain barrier, linking it to Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.

Ammonia: A compound used in hair dyes and bleaches. It releases a caustic, pungent gas that severely irritates the eyes and respiratory tract.

Dibutyl phthalate: A chemical plasticizer found in nail polish and mascara that helps prevent cracking. Studies have shown that it causes birth defects and harms male reproductive organs. DBP and other forms of phthalates are also frequently present in fragrances used in air fresheners, cleaning detergents, and hair sprays. A loophole in federal law allows phthalates to be included in fragrances without ever appearing on the product’s label, which means that phthalates are more ubiquitous than we realize. In September 2000, scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found seven phthalates, including DBP, in the bodies of all 289 persons they tested. More alarming, however, was the fact that women of child-bearing age, who could conceivably be pregnant and expose their fetuses to dangerous toxins while in the womb, appeared to receive the highest exposures–up to 20 times more DBP than the average person, well above the federal safety standard.

Formaldehyde: A preservative and disinfectant classified by the EPA as a probable human carcinogen. Found in cosmetics such as mascara and eye shadows, formaldehyde can cause nausea, coughing, and asthma symptoms, as well as burning sensations in the eyes, nose, and throat.

Lead actetate: Although banned from use in cosmetics in the European Union, this lead compound, which is a known developmental and neurotoxin, can be found in hair dyes and cleansers in the United States.

Hydroquinone: A skin-bleaching chemical, as well as a possible carcinogen, neurotoxin, and skin sensitizer. Hydroquinone can cause a disfiguring skin disease called ochronosis, which results in irreversible black-blue lesions.

Mercury: Used as a preservative and antibacterial agent in cosmetics such as mascara, where it can be listed under the name “thimersoal,” mercury can damage brain function even at low levels. Mercury can be found in eye drops and certain imported skin-lightening creams, as well.

Nanoparticles: Largely untested, these extremely minuscule particles are usually undeclared on product labels, even though they can be absorbed directly into the bloodstream. You can find them in bronzers, eye shadows, sunscreens, and lotions.

Parabens (methylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben, isoparapben, etc.): The most common preservatives used in cosmetics to prevent bacterial and fungal growth. Parabens can mimic the hormone estrogen, which some studies show plays a role in the development breast cancer and urogenital abnormalities.

Triclosan: An antibacterial compound found in cleansers, deodorants and other cosmetic products that is classified by the EPA as a probable human carcinogen. Overuse could also result in strains of drug-resistant superbacteria.

Toluene: A solvent and nervous-system toxin found in some nail polishes. High amounts can affect kidneys and cause birth defects. It’s also used to dissolve paint and as an octane booster in gasoline fuels used in internal combustion engines.  (taken from treehugger.com)

Get back to basics, ladies. Did you know that Castor Oil is great for oily skin? Pour about two tablespoons into your palm and add a few drops of jojoba oil and massage onto your face. Leave on for about two minutes (relax.. go lay down!) soak a washcloth with hot water, place on skin and let it steam your pores open. Then lightly wipe away all oil! Trust me! It all comes off and your face is soft and lovely!!
Use coconut oil as a moisturizer instead of your lotion that contains drying alcohol.
Try brown sugar as an all over body scrub. Just add some coconut oil and you will be soft and smell delicious!

Whatever you put on your skin will travel to your liver in 60 seconds!  Eeek!  Ladies, lets love our liver!! Check-up your makeup and go natural…..naturally!